Mum Top In Naholo’s List

It has been a long and winding journey for former All Blacks 7s rep Waisake Naholo and tomorrow’s 2014 ITM Cup Premiership final will mark yet another great achievement for
24 Oct 2014 12:39
Mum Top In Naholo’s List
From left: Luisa Wainiqolo 6, Eremasi Wainiqolo 3, Asela Wainiqolo 1, with dad Aquila Wainiqolo hold up signs in Coloi-Suva on May 8, 2021 in support to front liners especially their mum who is a nurse and away from them during Mothers Day. Photo: Leon Lord INSET: Staff nurse and mother Aqela Matai Wainiqolo.

It has been a long and winding journey for former All Blacks 7s rep Waisake Naholo and tomorrow’s 2014 ITM Cup Premiership final will mark yet another great achievement for him.

And the Taranaki player, 23, was particularly adamant about giving the thanks where it was most due.
“My mum Vasiti is the one person that really influenced me as in where I am now in my life with her support as well as my dad Aporosa,”Naholo said.

“My granddad Jone Vorenahu also played a really influential part in my life as well, especially the spiritual side of my life which is really important to me and I wish he saw me put that All Blacks Jersey on before he died.

“I would like to thank my family, my mum, dad, Tai Torika for the prayers and support day in day out and I won’t forget my uncle BLK Nadroga head coach Esala Nauga. He has also influenced me a lot and I also want to thank him for the messages that he sends me it always helps a lot.

“I thank everyone at home for their prayers and constant support, to all the talatalas, churches, men and women who remember me in their prayers.”

He holds teammate Chris Smiley with high regard as his role model in the sport but keeps a piece of advice he got from his belated grandfather closer to his heart.

“Chris Smiley is someone I really look up to. I’ve never seen anyone so professional and work the way he works. He is a great leader too especially in this Taranaki team. He is a great role model.

“The best advice I’ve ever received that helped me in my career is from my granddad when he explained the bible verse John 15:5 which simply means if you part from God, you can do nothing and if we remain with God we will bear fruits and that to me that is being successful in rugby and achieving goals that I set for myself. Without God I won’t be able to achieve anything and to I also had to work hard as well.”

The Nadroga native didn’t realise he could make a serious go at rugby until he made the All Blacks 7s team and now he plans to work towards one day making the All Blacks.

“When I made the All Blacks Sevens team in 2012 I realised I could be a professional rugby player if I did the work. Making the 7s side was a great achievement itself and being the professional team that it is I had to become one to stay in the team.

“My long term goal in rugby and in life is to be successful in rugby which will probably be making the All Blacks team and that’s a life goal as well while i keep supporting and providing for my family back in Fiji.”
Looking to the final, the Taranaki Rugby Union Academy alumni felt 2014 had been an unforgettable season and one he’ll hold dear for a long time.

“As for the final I’m expecting it to be the toughest game we’ve ever played this year. It’s going to be fast and tough and would really test us a lot but we just need to stick to our structure, do what we need to do and hopefully come out on top.

“I have so many to thank for where I have got to in life and without the support from these people I couldn’t have gone this far.

“It’s been a great season, a season that will always be there in my mind in the future. The team environment is good, everyone gets along really well which I think it shows when we are out on the field.”


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